"There isn't a thoroughfare in Villa Park that doesn't have exquisite estates." Are you kidding me? Most streets don't have exquisite estates. What about Helena Circle, or most of the other streets? The author of this story has clearly only read about VP. Anyone who's actually been there knows that half of the home are very large, tasteful ranch homes on large plots. Quite nice, tasteful, 'indigenous'. However, about 1/4 of the homes are McMansions. These rest is an odd mix of Cerritos-esque tract homes, ranch homes w/bad add-ons & custom homes that look like tract homes from different eras.
Driving through VP gives one the idea that they are in an overly-groomed Brady Bunch neighborhood, not some wealthy place full of estates. Although VP has impressive demographics, thanks, in part, to the fact that there are no apartments or condos, there are simply too many tract homes & tacky architecture.
If the author wants to write about affluent areas in North County with little to do, he'd do better profiling Cowan Heights in North Tustin area. Many more custom estates; better views; foliage more akin to Bel-Air, than the overly-groomed, planned look of Villa Park.